This blog discusses old toys from the early 1920's to the end of the 1950's. All kinds of topics are discussed.
The time span was the greatest period for "hands-on" toys, where a young child could actually go outside and play for hours at a time.
You can see the elegance but simple design of these toys. It was a time when huge machines, and people made and finished toys by hand.
The era has long passed, but many of the toys are still around, and that is what I would like to share.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
2 Cast Iron Taxi Cabs
Thursday, November 24, 2016 Overcast with snow - Ugh! 2 Celcius 36 Fahrenheit
Earlier in the week, I had written a post about the Lesley Moko Matchbox toys. I had used the images from a fine ebay seller Gotham City Toys. After I finished downloading the Matchbox toys, I decided to look at other toys that he had sold. Sure enough, I came across a modern reproduction of a Hubley Cast Iron Taxi Cab. I kept this item for a future post to compare to an authentic Hubley taxi. If you've been a regular visitor to my blog,I decided to revisit people and stores from a while ago. I decided to visit Bargain John's Antiques, and as luck would have it, I found an authentic Hubley yellow taxi.
So for today, this short post is about the 2 cast iron taxis.
Immediately below is the authentic Cast Iron Hubley Yellow Taxi from 1939
Hubley Cast Iron Toy Yellow Cab Taxi
cast iron driver with blue uniform
L x W x H: 8 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 2 3/4" 221 mm x 56 mm x 70 mm
Thomas Toys cast iron 1939 Reproduction
Lincoln Checker cab with nickel grill & luggage rack
Length: 8 1/2" 215 mm
You can see for yourself the basic immediately visible the differences between the 2 toys.
One is orange with a cast iron driver in a blue uniform, while the green tact has a nickel-plated grill and driver. THe "yellow Cab has a black line running down each side,while the green Checker cab has a checkered black and white pattern running along the sides.
The green taxi is also 1/4" (6.25 mm) longer.
For those who don't know, Thomas Toys is owned by Mr. Thomas who owns Thomas Toys. This company happens to make and sell all kinds of toy parts for old toys. If you type in "Thomas Toys", you will easily find Thomas Toys. Mr.Thomas also happens to be a toy aficionado, and he has reprinted old toy catalogues, and has made several cast iron reproduction toys. His toys are in demand, and in time, may increase in value.
I once purchase one of these cast iron toys, but mine was most likely a reproduction. In fact I added a post about this toy several years ago. Just like mechanical banks, some very expensive cast iron toys happen to be "reproductions" but there is no indication that they are. At least Mr. Thomas sold his toys in boxes that were identified as his having made them.
So that's it for a tale of 2 cast iron taxis that are almost identical,. One was made in 1939, while the other was made in 1934.